Do you really need that knee surgery?

Are you not recovering as expected? Is this a new injury? Is this an injury of an old problem? Have you been told you need surgery?

Have you been told you shouldn’t have surgery? With over 40 years experience as an orthopedic surgeon, Lonnie Paulos can help provide telemedicine consultations and unbiased second opinions with specialties in knee, shoulder, and sports medicine. He can help you recover and help you understand the process.

Specializing In These Areas


I have over 40 years of experience diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating knee injuries from congenital to traumatic problems. I developed and refined many procedures in the knee that are still considered “state of the art” by today's standards; ACL reconstruction, PCL reconstruction, meniscus transplant, cartilage repair, knee replacement and patella pain and instability. Also, surgical and non-surgical protocols for failed knee treatments which have resulted in chronic pain and disability.


I am a pioneer in many arthroscopic and open surgical procedures concerning the shoulder. I have extensive experience with instability, rotator cuff repair and replacement surgical procedures. I pioneered shoulder procedures such as arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, ligament repair and reconstruction and replacement. Non-surgical solutions to shoulder maladies are often the first and most effective approach.

Sports Medicine

Sports injuries of all types require accurate assessment, diagnosis and treatment, in order to return the athlete to his or her sport, as fast and as safely as possible. There are a number of “outside the box” treatments that can be considered in conjunction with the usual and established treatment protocols. Having participated in sports at a highly competitive level gives me the genuine incentive to help athletes not only recover from their problem but to also return in even better condition than when they were injured. I have trained over 250 postgraduate orthopedic surgeons interested in the latest and best sports medicine techniques.

Second Opinions

Many times it is uncomfortable for a patient to request a second opinion from their treating physician. However, anytime surgery is recommended, or your recovery is not as smooth as you were hoping for, then no physician should be insulted or annoyed that you request a second opinion. Many times, those physicians who are comfortable with their treatment will suggest that you consider a second opinion if you wish.

The fact that I am no longer performing surgery,  allows you to request a second opinion from me without causing alarm or concern with your treating physician.

Orthopedic Specialist

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Common Questions

How do I book an appointment?
Please contact our office directly by calling 801-349-1000 or by starting a Second Opinion appointment via Best in Class MD here
Do you take insurance?
I no longer participate as a physician in any insurance plans. However, my staff will provide you with the necessary paperwork, after your consultation,  so you can submit it to your insurance provider for reimbursement
Do you take previous patients?
Yes, Dr Paulos will see previous patience. It may still be necessary to get previous records.
What is your peer-recognized specialty that they refer patients to you, for your opinion?
I receive orthopedic surgeon referrals for multiple failed ligament surgeries of the knee, patella instability and chronic pain, staged knee surgeries requiring bone realignment surgery, failed rotator cuff surgery and failed shoulder stabilization procedures. 
Are you available for in-person consultation?
Yes, in addition to in person consultation, Dr Paulos has trained over 300 post graduate orthopedic surgeons throughout the country. To accommodate in person or remote consultation, he can tap into that rich resource to help save trips money and time.
If I can not get my medical records, will you still consult with me?
Yes, depending on the problem and your recollection of treatment details, I may be able to provide an informed second opinion. If not, then we can help you with the details on how to obtain your records.